I’m a little bored with this classic combination in sandwich form, so I figured that eating it in cake form had to be better.

And since when is “snack cake” not a good thing? Healthy enough to eat as a snack and still taste delicious?

Sign me up.
Side note: This would be why I don’t do any of that fancy cookie decorating.

Next time I would probably add more jelly.

I am not a huge jelly fan – especially when it comes to globs of it. I like a thin smear of jelly on my pb & j’s, and nearly a whole cup of peanut butter.
But Mr. How Sweet loves jelly and declared “more jelly!” next time. And I don’t think he was talking about my thighs.

So while I’m not really into peanut butter and jelly on bread right now, I’m always into cake. I’ve already done peanut butter and jelly muffins, peanut butter and jelly bars, peanut butter and jelly cookies, and oh… who could forget peanut butter and jelly pancakes? Be still my heart.

Cake was the next logical step.
And it had to be made with whole wheat flour in order to soften the blow of eating three pieces straight out of the oven.

Things that would be delicious as toppings that I didn’t do? Melted peanut butter. Melted chocolate. Crumbled bacon. A cream cheese glaze. Why didn’t I do any of these? What is wrong with me?
Something else that would be delicious? If someone would hand deliver these pb & j inspired better-than-crack blondies to me. Like… today. Actually, like… 5 minutes ago.

 

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Cake

serves 6-8

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose; I do NOT recommend regular whole wheat)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

jelly or jam of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt with the mixer on low speed. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add milk and mix until batter comes together.

Butter and flour an 8×8 cake pan. Pour in batter, then add jelly to the top of the batter either with a pastry tip of with a spoon. Run a knife through the jelly to create swirls. It doesn’t have to look perfect – add as little or as much as you’d like. More jelly will keep the cake moist. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until cake is set. Let cool completely.

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This cake is perfectly acceptable for breakfast. But then again… what cake isn’t?

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98 Responses to “Whole Wheat Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Cake.”

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    Blog is the New Black — March 10, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    These look awesome, Jess, and I love the short ingredient list. HAve you ever made Ina’s PB&J bars?

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

      I think the ones I made were Martha. They were very similar!!

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    Dishes of Mrs. Fish — March 10, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Cake is always acceptable for breakfast. Since these have lots of protein, you could eat cake for lunch and for dinner! :)

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

      Exactly. I mean, it’s all about balance.

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    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate — March 10, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Those look like PB&J blondies!

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

      Hahaha I wish they were.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 10, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    I love the idea of snack cakes because it means you can eat them any time of day. And, well, whole wheat means you can even eat it for breakfast.

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    VeggieGirl — March 10, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    Amen to that! All cake is game for breakfast ;)

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    jen @ taste life — March 10, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Always brilliant, always funny.

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

      Aw, thank you!

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    Katrina — March 10, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    I am officially in love with this cake. I wish someone was here to make me breakfast!

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    Erica — March 10, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Crumbled bacon :) They look very pretty! Your presentation is always so beautiful too. I need to work on that….I get too hungry

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    Heather — March 10, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    Oooh, deliciousness!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — March 10, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    I love re-interpreting childhood favorites into new recipes, and this one sounds like a real winner! I recently made peanut butter & honey banana blondies (of the cakey variety) out of inspiration from the sandwich. I might have to make this snack cake next!

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    Gen — March 10, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Yay! This cake looks awesome! And snack cake means that you get to eat more, right?

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    Julie @ Shining From Within — March 10, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Mmmm. Hello yummynesss. This is total health food, no? ;)

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — March 10, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    You know this is one of my favorite combinations in almost any form! Absolutely beautiful! And yeah, cake is always acceptable for breakfast…it covers all the food groups especially with the jelly!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — March 10, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    You combined cake, PB, and Jelly.

    That is perfection :)

    The photos, I come to see photos now, too. Not just recipes :) God…I am trying to soak it all in!!!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — March 10, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Hey now! This is actually pretty healthy! If I were near you, I’d give yourself a pat on the back and tell you to cut me a slice!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — March 10, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Mmmmm…I had a friend in grad school who made the BEST peanut butter and jelly desset bars…these look kind of similar! Yum!

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — March 10, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    Well we’ll take pb & j any way we can get it…but in a cake?! You know that’s going to be our favorite way…

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    kate@ahealthypassion — March 10, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    techinally its peanut butter and jelly, totally breakfast food!

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    Natalie @ Will Jog for food — March 10, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Those look SO delicious! I’m really starting to crave PB & J right now. I bet some PB & J Cupcakes would be good too :)

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    Heather — March 10, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    it cracks me up how much we have in common and then little things like you not loving jelly or Nutella and me being obsessed with them. i gotta side with Mr. HS on this one – MORE JELLY! :)

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — March 10, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    I agree with Mr. How Sweet, more jelly please! Actually, you could smear a bit more peanut butter on top of that and it would be just fine with me. These sound great!

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    Hannah — March 10, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    So I just looked at the ingredients, and this is TOTALLY healthy. Only 3tb of butter? This recipe is pretty much like broccoli.

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

      Bahahaha!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — March 10, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    Haha ‘snack cake’ is sort of like ‘fun size chocolate bars’ – it would be a little over the top to eat an entire chocolate bar, or an entire cake, but if you eat lots of little ones, that’s totally ok! ;)

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

      LOL this is so true.

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen — March 10, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Looks delicious!!!

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    Lauren — March 10, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    There’s an entire empire built on the whole “snack cake” deal…so see-yours is a very valid point. Now you just need to throw it in a baggie and you’re good to go!

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    Jason @ Shutter&Saute — March 10, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    I would definitely eat this cake for breakfast.

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    Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews — March 10, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    That sounds so good and I love that it is whole wheat!

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    Melissa — March 10, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Anything with fruit in it is acceptable for breakfast. And I’d wager that this is much better for you than a pop tart! (although pop tarts do have their place . . .)

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

      I like the way you think!

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    Kelly — March 10, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    Wow…gorgeous!

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — March 10, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    those look SO easy to make even I could do it….7 weeks 7 weeks BAHHHHH

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

      You’re so close!!

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    kim sisto robinson — March 10, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    Oh, how DELISH :) Luv This recipe!

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 10, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    Of course, it would only make sense to put this sandwich in the form of a cake :)

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    Kim in MD — March 10, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    I love PB&J! These look amazing, Jessica! But then, when do you ever post something that doesn’t look amazing? :-)

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    Corey @ the runner's cookie — March 10, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    This looks like an amazing breakfast or snack!! PBJ’s are one of my favorite foods – I could eat it pretty much any time of day. Awesome idea, Jessica!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 10, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    They ended up baking up with such a pretty swirl! These are good for the kiddos. Ok, good for me too :)

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    Kristen — March 10, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    you always come up with great stuff! I love to bake and my son would love these!

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    HeatherChristo — March 10, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    Thank you. that’s what I am talking about- peanut butter cake. Snack or otherwise, it is a hard thing to find a recipe for. Also I laughed out loud at this post which is nice first thing in the morning. Thanks for that too :)

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    Andrea @ Vegvacious — March 10, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    What a great twist on PB & J! I’m going to make this for my hubby to take to work as part of his lunch next week.

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    brandi — March 10, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    Cake is always a good choice for breakfast if it involves fruit in any way. Fact.

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    Fresh and Foodie — March 10, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    The fact that these are whole wheat make me feel a little less guilty about eating them for breakfast! Can’t beat peanut butter and jelly anything!

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    Shannon — March 10, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    Those look amazing. I love PB&J and cake is perfectly acceptable. :)

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    Camille — March 10, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Yum! So much yum!

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 10, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    What a fun after school snack this would be for my kids. I love that it’s whole wheat.

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    Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana — March 10, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    I’m with you…the PB to Jelly ratio is like 10 to 1!

    And by saying it’s “snack cake” gives me the impression that each piece is less than 100 cals. I will keep telling myself that!

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — March 10, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    You and I are on the same brainwaves with this pb and j theme. Make you a deal, you send me some cake, I’ll send you some blondies ;)

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    Aggie — March 10, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Love that you made PB&J into a cake…and whole wheat at that! this looks heavenly…

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    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — March 10, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    I love peanut butter and jelly on a bagel! Actually I love nutella and jelly on a bagel. Hmm…Nutella and Jelly cake?? YES!!

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    Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries — March 10, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    How do you think up these magical recipes?! I am PB&J’s number one fan. Thanks for turning my favorite childhood sandwich into a fantastic dessert! :)

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    Krystina (Organically Me) — March 10, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    This is making me question my decision to give up nuts for Lent.

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

      Oh man. That’s rough.

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    Aimee Shugarman — March 10, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    I agree with Mr.Sweet…bring on more jelly! I like my PB&J oozing with peanut butter and jelly. To the point of dripping on my shirt, not that I have ever done that though!

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    • Jessica — March 10th, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

      LOL!

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